In a little less than a month, Simon, Adlai and I will make the long journey to North Carolina. To say I’m excited is the understatement of the century.
A few weeks ago, when we began to look at flights, I got overwhelmed at the price of the tickets.
We had some money in our savings account, but we’ve been patiently storing it away for the last three years, in hopes that it will one day make up part of the down payment on the first house we own.
Simon was out with some friends one night, and I was looking at flights, on the verge of tears. I emailed a few close girlfriends who always pray faithfully for me. Then I got in bed, turned the lights off, and talked to God.
I asked Him for cheap flights. I asked Him for miraculous money. I asked Him for provision.
And then I heard His reply: “I have already provided for you. You have what you need. And when the day comes that you need more, I will provide for that too.”
I told Simon the next morning, and we used half our savings to buy our tickets.
This past Sunday, my friend Wendy spoke at church about how we know God is good. One of the things she talked about was how God provides for us. She told the story from Exodus, of how God provided manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. His instructions to them were simple: to gather every morning as much as they needed for one day.
And still, many of them hoarded the manna away out of panic, fear, distrust. And every morning, whatever they had hoarded was moldy. But there was new, fresh manna on the ground. Always. Just like He said.
I nudged Simon. “This is like the flights,” I whispered.
Sometimes wisdom with money looks like saving, not spending, so that you sacrifice something small now for something bigger in the future.
But sometimes it looks like letting go in obedience. Like using what He has provided for you to buy a ticket to take your child to see his grandparents. Like knowing that you are a child of the King, that He has provided for this today, and He will provide again tomorrow. Always. Just like He said.